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March 2017


Cr Savige with pets Ellie (German Shepherd) and Cooper on the Bribie Forshore

Cr Savige with pets Ellie (German Shepherd) and
Cooper on the Bribie Forshore

No on spec arrivals permitted

Dog trial with conditions supports Bribie Island's tourism, says councillor

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A QUEENSLAND council has rolled out a welcome mat for well behaved pooches and their owners at one of its caravan parks.

But it will be no good turning up on spec at Bongaree Caravan Park on Bribie Island north of Brisbane during the trial, which ends this month.

Dog owners will have had to sign a comprehensive two-page agreement a month before their arrival.

Moreton Bay Regional Council Mayor Allan Sutherland said the bookings were essential.

"Already, we've seen a number of guests book in to stay at the Bongaree park's camping spots and caravan sites with their dog," he said.

"For many people, a dog is an important member of the family, and this trial means those furry family members can join our caravanning and camping travellers as they experience Bribie Island and the greater Moreton Bay Region."

Councillor Brooke Savige said for local businesses and cafes, the trial also was an opportunity to extend their pet-friendly hospitality to overnight and short-term travellers.

"On any given day you only have to look at Bribie's parks and cafes to see that the island is a popular area for locals and day travellers with dogs," she said.

"This trial allows local businesses to share that pet-friendly atmosphere with our camping and caravanning friends.

"With a regional tourism industry that generates more than $659 million annually and employs more than 3700 people, it's another unique way council is looking to support our tourism economy."

The agreement includes a raft of conditions, including:

* Proof of the animal's up-to-date vaccinations.
* Dogs must be "well mannered" and under "effective control" at all times.
* No "dog runs".
* Dogs must be walked or exercised in open space areas outside the caravan park.
* Dogs must never be left unattended and not washed or cleaned anywhere in the park.
* Dogs are not allowed in the park's common areas, including amenities, laundry, camp kitchen, reception or any enclosed or covered public areas.

The trial began last month and wraps up on March 24.


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